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Lok Sabha Election 2024: Congress could not make a comeback after 1999, Indira Gandhi had come to do a road show on an appeal, know how Rajnandgaon became the stronghold of BJP…

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Lok Sabha Election 2024: Congress could not make a comeback after 1999, Indira Gandhi had come to do a road show on an appeal, know how Rajnandgaon became the stronghold of BJP…

Sudhir Sahu, Raipur. Rajnandgaon, one of the 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, is one of the hottest seats. Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat came into existence in the year 1957. In the elections held here for the first time, Congress candidate Raja Virendra Bahadur Singh of Khairagarh princely state was elected MP. In the 17 elections held since 1957, Congress has won this seat nine times, Janata Party and BJP eight times. Here, after moving away from the royal family, Congress has not been able to make a comeback after 1999. This time BJP has fielded MP Santosh Pandey while Congress has fielded former CM Bhupesh Baghel.

Raja Virendra Bahadur Singh was elected MP from Rajnandgaon twice between 1957 and 1962. In 1967, Padmavati Devi of the royal family became an MP. In 1971, Congress canceled the ticket of Padmavati Devi and gave the ticket to Mumbai businessman Ram Sahay Pandey, in which Pandey won, but in the 1977 Lok Sabha elections, Ram Sahay was defeated by Madan Tiwari of Janata Party. At present BJP is in control of Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat.

Lok Sabha election 2019 results

In the 2019 elections, BJP candidate Santosh Pandey had won the Rajnandgaon seat. He defeated Congress candidate Bholaram Sahu by 1 lakh 11 thousand 966 votes. BJP's Santosh Pandey got 6.62 lakh votes, while Congress's Bholaram Sahu got 5.50 lakh votes. Ravita Dhuvar of BSP stood third by securing 17,145 votes. Of the total votes polled, BJP got 50.68 percent, Congress 42.11, BSP 1.31, and NOTA 1.49 percent.

Indira Gandhi did a road show in 1982

The then Prime Minister Late. Indira Gandhi had reached Manpur in Rajnandgaon district in the year 1982. Then he met Lal Shyam Shah, who was fighting for the welfare of tribals along with MP Shivendra Bahadur Singh. On the request of both, Indira Gandhi did a road show in Manpur. Indira had reached Manpur by road from Bhilai. After this, in 1988, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had reached Bhoramdev of Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency, where he started the Baiga Project.

History of Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha

In the 17 elections held since 1957, Congress has won nine times, Janata Party and BJP eight times. The Khairagarh royal family dominated here till 1991, but after moving away from the royal family, Congress could not make a comeback. In the parliamentary history of Rajnandgaon, maximum seven MPs have been elected from Khairagarh. The fate of the Lok Sabha elections held in 1999 turned in favor of BJP in such a way that Congress could not register victory here again. However, in the by-election held in 2007, Devvrat Singh of Congress had won. Since then till now Congress has to face defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

Know the caste equation

If we talk about caste equation, the backward class population is more in Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat. Sahu community has dominance here. Tribal and Lodhi communities also have dominance. On 26 January 1973, Rajnandgaon district came into existence after being separated from Durg. Then Kawardha was also included in it, which has now become a separate district. A total of eight assembly seats come under Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha. These include Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Mohla-Manpur, Kawardha and Pandariya.

Results of Lok Sabha elections held so far

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